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  1. John C

    Update! More advice on fender strats deciding my next purchase?

    I don't know if this will help but let me identify the 3 USA guitars you are looking at in a bit more detail #1 is a circa 1990/1991 American Standard Strat in gunmetal blue. Besides the stainless steel frets the plastic has been changed to black, so there is also the possibility that the...
  2. John C

    Original hardcase ?

    Yes Fender will sub in equivalent cases from time to time. Not unheard of - so if they were out of the orange-lined case that normally would come with an AVRI '57 and they had the accessory red-lined case on hand they would use them. Sometimes it's a nice surprise - back during the 2 years or...
  3. John C

    Help! overpriced 90s usa fender strat?

    Just confirming that @Guitarmageddon is correct - this one is a circa 1990-91. Fender had a serial number goof when they were switching out of the E9xxxxx numbers. A "true" 1999 Fender will have the script logo on the front and the serial number on the back of the headstock. Fender serial...
  4. John C

    Fender American Classic (Original Replacement)

    You're correct; all of the USA production line '62 reissues had slab boards - I don't have photos of the two I owned but they were slab, quite different than my '79 Lead II which had the really thin late CBS-era round lam board. The AV '65 was the first USA production line model to have the...
  5. John C

    How much should a 2008 AVRI ‘62 Strat cost?

    That's compounded by Fender being inconsistent with the use of "American Vintage" vs. "American Vintage Reissue" across their marketing materials between 1998-2012 - sometimes even within the same document. Fender actually starts using the name "American Vintage" in the January 1998 price list...
  6. John C

    Fender American Classic (Original Replacement)

    When the AVRIs first started in 1982 Fender was more concerned with capturing a "vintage vibe" with them than accuracy to the specs of the years they chose. In the book "The Stratocaster Chronicles" Dan Smith and other Fender employees of the time discuss the AVRIs (or U.S. Vintage as they...
  7. John C

    SG to a Strat

    Agree with all the suggestions - start with a Player and try as many as you can find, and stick with the SSS versions as you have the humbucker tones covered with your SG. As I'm not sure about prices in Australia just keep working your way up through the models until you hit your max budget...
  8. John C

    How much should a 2008 AVRI ‘62 Strat cost?

    Wow; I didn't realize these were going for that much. I would have thought it was in the $1,500-$1,800 range line like @Guitarchaeologist posted.
  9. John C

    MIJ Strat Model Number Help?

    That's pretty typical for this era; Fender Japan developed these models, and Fender Japan was a separate joint venture entity between Fender USA and Japanese businessmen, so Fender USA didn't really get detailed records on the models that they imported from Fender Japan.
  10. John C

    Another G&L Legacy

    Very nice; congrats!! Depending upon the specs it seems like the "Build to Order" guitars aren't that much more expensive than the "Fullerton Deluxe" models, plus that's the only way to get Indian rosewood fingerboards now - and that's a nice piece of rosewood. It looks like the person who...
  11. John C

    NGD Reverend content GAS strikes again!

    Nice one; congrats!
  12. John C

    1993 USA Standard standard neck

    Fender always has some level of hand sanding/shaping of the necks - they don't come off the router ready to be finished and assembled - and they always vary a bit. But it seems like there was a wider variance back in the 80s/early 90s than there is today, and I believe @Ebidis is correct that...
  13. John C

    Turn Your Guitar Into a Super Strat!

    Sure; I would consider that a "SuperStrat", but then again I consider a "SuperStrat" anything that is strat-shaped with a humbucker pickup in the bridge position (the other pickups - if there are any - can be any type), and a locking trem system. But your guitar is specifically an HM Strat -...
  14. John C

    Replacement tuning machines other than the fender brand?

    Actually your early 90s Strat Plus guitars had the Schaller-made tuners; the current Fender Deluxe Locking Tuners are made by Ping in Taiwan. Fender made the switch in the mid/late 2000s (2006-2008 time frame) on most models with locking tuners, but I believe they still use Schallers on the...
  15. John C

    New Strat with problems

    Agreed; you can do that with orders from GC as well - I won't order from GC unless it's coming from the warehouse. Also they've never merged their warehouses and the GC warehouse is also in the KC area - but over in North Kansas City instead of Lenexa. I've had GC orders fulfilled from both...
  16. John C

    Fender American Classic (Original Replacement)

    Thanks for posting! That was kind of my guess for the specs, and the price increase is about what I figured given the increases of the other series earlier this year.
  17. John C

    Any know what will replace the American Original series?

    In all seriousness I imagine Fender will make an announcement at the long-delayed NAMM show in a couple of weeks; it open on June 3. Definitely; that seems to be G&L's entire marketing campaign. Speaking of G&L did you seen their price increase they had earlier this month? Fullerton Deluxes...
  18. John C

    Replacement tuning machines other than the fender brand?

    Did Schaller quit making them again? They had started making the Fender-style tuners again about 7-8 years ago, but when I looked on Schaller's site they now only have some of the non-locking models. Might be worth checking in with them about availability.
  19. John C

    New Strat with problems

    Congrats! Sometimes Musician's Friend fulfills orders from Guitar Center stores; sounds like the first one you got was fulfilled that way, while the second one came from the warehouse.
  20. John C


    Congrats; nice guitar and nice mods going into it!
  21. John C

    NGD To my surprise, I really like it...sort of.

    Congrats! The MIM Deluxe series was replaced by the Player Plus models last September/October. However, the Deluxe Stratocaster had been dropped in mid-2000 due to the ash shortage (all colors were transparent and used ash bodies) - probably Fender didn't want to re-spec a different body on a...
  22. John C

    NGD AmPro II

    HNGD; congrats! Great color combination for the Am Pro IIs.
  23. John C

    1980's Kramer Focus Classic

    Kramer did have a wild and crazy history! Unique company; I don't really know how much was actual USA production after they moved to wood necks - they got bodies and necks from ESP, La-Si-Do and also a wood shop local to them called "Sports" (who also did gun stocks, decoys and other...
  24. John C

    NGD Straturday American Standard!

    Congrats; that's a great color combination, and I loved that run of American Standard Strats with the Fat 50s. I think the Fat 50s are a "love 'em or hate 'em" pickup as I rarely see anyone who falls in the "they're okay" camp. I also think the lower height works well for them. I had a 2013...
  25. John C

    NGD! 2020 Gibson SG Special!

    Very nice! I love SGs in that classic trans red finish. I think maybe Gibson delayed shipping out the trans red and black ones due to COVID/supply chain issues - it seems like they announced the colors early in 2021 (meaning they would have started some builds in 2020) but didn't ship them...